Dragon Challenge reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Dragon Challenge, a roller coaster in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure. (The minimum height to ride is 54 inches.)
Written by Robert Niles
Islands of Adventure's Dueling Dragons roller coaster was rethemed to the Tri-Wizard Tournament's "Dragon Challenge" for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter when the land opened in 2010. Like on Dueling Dragons, there are two interlocking coasters, renamed the Chinese Fireball and the Hungarian Horntail. The two Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coasters no longer "duel," riding next to one another at points on the track, due to several incidents in the past where passengers lost personal items, such as glasses and cell phones, that flew toward passengers on the other track at the moment as it was passing.
Good inverted roller coaster with a beautifully themed queue. While not as good as it once was when the two coaster "raced" each other, Dragon Challenge is still an exciting coaster. Harry Potter fans may even want to take a walk through the queue in order to see the amazing theming (goblet of fire, triwizard cup, Arthur Weasley's flying car) even if they don't want to ride the actual roller coaster. 7/10 - Brendan Sutton
Great roller coaster, could use some queue changes (less mazelike, easier access for re-riders). - Christopher Sturniolo
When it was a dueling roller coaster, it was a 10/10. Now due to a few dumb actions by a few people it will never duel again but it is still a really good roller coaster. The red coaster is faster and seems to have better airtime while the blue coaster is a bit slower and has more intense inversions. Both are worth riding. Since Dueling Dragons became Dragon Challenge with the opening of the new Harry Potter land, the line for Dragon Challenge rarely is long unless one coaster is operating. 8/10 - James V.
My first coaster and one of my favorites. I do miss both trains going at once, but that only detracts slightly from the experience. If the line is short enough, this is definitely an over and over again ride. 9/10 - Jonathan Katz
Even though they no longer duel because of dumb guests, these are still two awesome coasters. They're both more intense than the Hulk and are not to be missed. - Quentin Scruggs
I liked it a little rough but they should always have the trains going together 8/10 - Owen Scott
One of the wildest rides in Orlando. This coaster packs plenty of inversions on its track and the somewhat dueling nature of the coaster adds a different dimension to it as well. This ride is intense but if you try this, chances are you'll get back in line and ride the other coaster. The queueing area is really long, although waits are rarely more than 20 minutes. The Triwizard theme is moderately represented on this ride and offers plenty of references from the fourth book/movie of the series. It's a cool ride. - Manny Barron
Ever since they took the whole premise of the duel out of the ride, it has lost some it's appeal for me. Individually, both are really good coasters, but the uniqueness is gone. Of the 2 sides, I prefer the Red Dragon... it's a smoother ride. - Michelle Morgan
It's a nice ride. Rip rocket is better (when it is working) but the ride is one of my favorites. On my recent trip to IOA the cast members (is that what they are caled at universal?) freaked out because I was wearing a lanyard with my universal express pass. I had worn the same lanyard before on that ride, but they delayed the train and told me to put it under my shirt. Any way it is a must ride. Ride it when HPFG has a 3 hour line. 9/10 - Jaiden Cohen
While I think the new theming is an ok improvement, the dueling aspect is now gone. That is the novelty of this attraction. That's the point. - Anthony Murphy
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